sweets

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Butter Beans Chocolate Truffles

    Shiro-an made from tinned Butter Beans is a very versatile ingredient for sweets. This Chocolate Truffle recipe is dairy-free and oil-free. You would hardly believe it’s Butter Beans! Add nuts and dry fruit that you like and make your own recipe. Makes 20 balls Ingredients Canned Butter Beans 200g *rinsed and drained well*You get about …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts Sweets

    Chestnut Manjū

    ‘Manjū’ is one of traditional Japanese sweets.  There are many different types of ‘Manjū’. Every region seems to have its own local specialty ‘Manjū’. My home town has its own popular ‘Manjū’ and I miss it.  It is quite a challenge to make Japanese sweets in Australia because the ingredients are hard to find. This …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Shiro-an

    I have never wished to make ‘Shiro-an (White Bean Paste) in Japan. It was something I should buy from sweet shops. But here in Australia, if I want to eat it, I have to make it using substitute beans as the Japanese White Beans are not available here. This method is the easiest way to …

  • Cold Sweets

    Milk Kuzu Mochi

    There is a Japanese cold sweet called ‘Kuzu Mochi’ which is made with ‘Kuzu’ starch flour. This sticky and soft rubbery sweet is one of my favourites. I tried to make it using some substitutes because ‘Kuzu’ starch flour is not available where I live. I have discovered the best substitute is Tapioca flour! It …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Sweets

    Baked Cheesecake

    Japanese style baked cheesecake is different from Australian baked cheesecake. Japanese style is lighter and fluffy. This is the cake I used to miss a lot. When my family stayed in Japan many years ago, mother of one of my son’s classmates gave me a recipe. After some alterations, my baked cheese cake recipe is …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Sweets

    Sachi’s Coconut Cookies

    This is my daughter Sachi’s recipe. To be precise, this is the recipe that she learned at her school. I loved these cookies, so I asked her to write down the recipe in my recipe book, which will belong to her one day. There are many Coconut Cookie recipes out there, but I think this …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit Sweets

    Strawberry Shortcake

    The most popular cake in Japan is probably this ‘Strawberry Shortcake’. I don’t know why it is called ‘Shortcake’ but we all think of this particular cake when speaking of ‘Shortcake’. Cake Tin 18 to 20cm Round Cake Tin Ingredients Sponge Cake3 Egg Whites3 Egg Yolks90g (100ml) Caster Sugar90g (150ml) Self-Raising Flour15g Butter *melted1/2 teaspoon …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Dorayaki

    Do you know Doraemon, the Gadget Cat Robot from the Future? Doraemon is a character from Japanese classic comic series. He loves Dorayaki. Dorayaki is a simple sweet. Two small pancake-like sponge wrapped a filling of sweet Azuki red bean paste. It is easy to make at home. Makes 6 to 8 Ingredients Self-Raising Flour …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Mochi Crepe with Tsubu-an

    I love Mochi Sweet like Daifuku, which is small round mochi stuffed with sweet red bean paste. But where I live, it is too hard to find. The only way I can eat them is making them by myself. Then I came up an idea to make them absolutely easily. Makes 6 Servings Ingredients Rice …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Bread Dough Steamed Sweets

    Anman (Steamed Azuki Buns)

    This recipe doesn’t require yeast. My mother used to make these ‘Anman’ (Steamed Azuki Buns) quite often, and my sisters and I loved them always. This is her quick and easy recipe. Makes 8 Buns Ingredients 8 heaped-tablespoonfuls Tsubu-an OR Koshi-an Pastry1 & 1/2 cups Self-Raising Flour2 tablespoons Sugar1 pinch Salt1 large Egg1 tablespoon Vegetable …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Baked & Fried Sweets Matcha Sweets

    Matcha & Azuki Cake

    Matcha has become very trendy in Australia. For cakes, cookies, teas, latte drinks and ice creams, I can see Matcha foods everywhere. Only recently I started enjoying Matcha flavour after disliking it for many years. To make this cake, I simply added Matcha powder to my sponge cake recipe and it worked. You can use …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit Sweets

    Milk Fruit Kanten

    I scarcely remember the time when I was in my third year of primary school, but I clearly remember a boxed lunch that my mother made for me on a school excursion day. My lunch impressed all teachers and their praises made me so happy. The most outstanding food in the lunch box was this …

  • Cold Sweets Matcha

    Matcha Ice Cream (No Egg)

    Matcha Ice Cream has earned popularity worldwide. A former US President Barak Obama seems a fan of Matcha Ice Cream. I have seen him enjoying it. Matcha Ice Cream is easy to make at home. Just whisk, mix and freeze, and it is done. This is my Egg-free Matcha Ice Cream. Makes 4 to 6 …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Koshi-an

    You can make light & smooth Koshi-an very easily by using Powdered Azuki Beans. But Powdered Azuki Beans is very hard to find in Australia. Making it from dry Azuki Beans from scratch is very demanding hard work. So here is the very easy method to make Koshi-an using food processor. Makes About 400g Ingredients …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Tsubu-an

    ’Tsubu-an’ (Sweet Azuki Paste) is the most popular ‘An’ (Bean Paste). Canned Tsubu-an, that contains a lot of sugar and additives, is available from most Japanese or Asian grocery stores, but they are pricey. Tsubu-an is very easy to make. If you have never made it by yourself, try it just once. You will never …

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